On Earth

by Halfblind Henry

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1.
Sweet Bird of Sorrow The sky has never been this sallow the stars play hide and seek None bright enough to follow across the lowlands dark and bleak as I listen to the sweet bird of sorrow sing for the meek The sacred ground is cracked and hollow this creek will never meet the sea All we have is only borrowed and that’s all there will ever be as I listen to the sweet bird of sorrow sing for the free
2.
Towards Solid Ground or The Artists´s Lullaby I´m not holding back anything just to make you say "Please" Should I come up with more words to comfort the lost and the lonely? When none of my rhymes will be heard by any one of these I have to admit I´m in it for your beauty only There is a hunger there is a need that is stronger than love or creed There is a light on a distant shore cutting through the night darker than before There is a cold voice calling You don´t think You don´t know In a blink memories flow the great eclipse a very last drink parting lips time to go I´m not taking back anything it´s all part of the scheme Should I strip naked and squeal just to appear a little less boring? When nothing I say will make up for the loss of a dream I have to admit I never got round to finishing the story
3.
If I Were 04:54
If I Were If I were your poet I’d supply you with healing words You would get over your sickness I would get over my solitude If I were your painter I´d supply you with canvases You would get lost in the colours The world would get lost in your beauty If I were your sculptor I´d shape faces from clay They´d forever watch you in your garden You would forever dance on the lawn
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The Orphan Alien A day has passed, their work is done a long long night has just begun While they make their funny sounds a smell comes up from underground All those lights, all those bells I step aside, I don't feel well This is fun, but not for me They give me drinks, they let me be Your eyes are pretty, the sun is golden the sky is turquoise, and that is all I know Like an orphan alien I forgot where I came from can't remember where I was told to go Sometimes they listen, they are so kind I'm acting strange but they don't mind I spend all day sitting on a fence The words I speak do not make sense They treat me nice, they share the wine They let me walk between the lines They show me games, they let me play They touch my head, they let me stay ...... So many roads leading nowhere millions of eyes that can only stare Don't look at me, I'm sitting still I never move, I never will There's a pain in my bones I am sick and I don't know home I think I'm safe but I'm not sure I don't count the years that I endure Your eyes are pretty, the sun is golden the sky is turquoise, and that is all I know like a shipwrecked envoy I forgot where I came from can't remember where I was told to go I can only mimic, I can't be real what's in my heart I can't reveal I talk to you, you talk to me If only I had a memory... Your eyes remind me of a dream I used to dream, but the lights are dim The accident... the erasure... ( the average...) This endless time... Come, fill my glass up to the brim
6.
Save the Roses There´s one kind favour I ask of you There´s one kind favour I ask of you There´s one kind favour I ask of you Don´t carve no epithaph in my stone Did you ever hear that thudding sound Did you ever hear that thudding sound Did you ever hear that thudding sound of clods falling on the ground? Save your roses for a summer´s day Save your roses for a summer´s day Save your roses for a summer´s day the autumn rain will wash them away
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Crystal Blue Light There is nothing but sky between sun and shore Spectres drift by dissolving while they soar The stillness of time and space drapes a cloak around your soul Everything falls into place with the glistening lights on the shoal One of us must stay in the silent zone One of us must keep away from broken bones One of us must cross the distance alone Follow the wild cranes´ call whatever you may happen to find you can trade it all for memories of quiet days you had to leave behind
8.
All the Rain 11:55
All the Rain All the rain keeps falling falling down on earth All the rain keeps falling falling down on earth All the rain keeps falling falling down on earth Keep the fire burning for the ones who are far from home Keep the fire burning for the ones who are far from home Keep the fire burning for the ones who are far from home All the rain keeps falling falling down on earth All the rain keeps falling falling down on earth All the rain keeps falling falling down on earth
9.
Like a Prayer for a Breath Like children pretending to grow Like ploughmen pretending to sow Like the blind begging the prophet to hold a candle while they pray Like mercenaries taking shelter while they´re waiting for their pay we are staring, staring, staring at the wall Like the gambler pretending to win Like the traitor saving his skin Like the dealer and the high priest taking turns at rolling crooked dice Like the beauty and the idiot hoping someone will cut them a slice we are running, running, running behind Like the artist destroying his work Like the actor acting berserk (the jerk?) Like the bishop and his mistress hiding in their secret room Like believers clinging to the scripture in these times of blood and gloom we are tumbling, tumbling, tumbling down
10.
Between Ample Skies And Oceans Deep Between ample skies and oceans deep where shooting stars will leave no trace rest your heart before you fall asleep mountains rise all high and steep from riddles carved into your face between ample skies and oceans deep where all your creatures cry and leap for those who run but cannot keep the pace rest your heart before you fall asleep with promises too soft and frail to keep for those belonging to a fallen race between ample skies and oceans deep over rocks of age your shadows creep to keep the silence in a secret place rest your heart before you fall asleep for all you've sown but cannot reap praise your love in times of absent grace between ample skies and oceans deep rest your heart before you fall asleep

about

The concept of this album is obvious or non-existent, depending on the nature of your perception. Although to some extent the music is still composed along somewhat traditional song structures, the overall purpose was not to lay out routes to be followed but rather to provide a landscape for the listener to linger in. You could call it non-linear music.
No commitment to any genre was intended. However, according to Townes Van Zandt´s dictum it must be the blues since it is not zip-a-dee-doo-dah. It draws from various kinds of ritual music and may therefore serve as acoustic background for your rituals, whatever they may be. You can listen to it while meditating, taking long walks, or staring out of the window. Alone or in good company.



Recorded for most part at the Tower Room, Berlin, 2018, 2019
Photography by Albert Kranich and Dr. T. Holm
Design by Albert Kranich
Very special thanks to Dagmar, Felix, Thorsten, Anja, Wolfgang, Jane, Jillian and Marc and, of course, Marta for the singing bowl

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released March 1, 2019

All words and music written by Halfblind Henry

Contributing musicians:
Thorsten Otto - double bass, vocals
Wolfgang Fritsch - violin
Anja Henatsch - accordion, vocals
Felix Burkhardt - bongos, trumpet
Christiane Günther - vocals
Persilla Maiblom - piano
Halfblind Henry - vocals, acoustic guitar, dobro, bass guitar, percussion, keyboard

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